Director Shankar on Thursday issued a robust rebuttal to Anniyan producer V Ravichandran’s authorized discover and scathing letter, accusing the previous of indulging in “illegal acts.” Shankar claimed that he holds the whole proper to the script of Anniyan, and he didn’t require Ravichandran’s permission to make use of it once more.
“I’m shocked to obtain your mail dated 14.04.2021 stating that you simply personal the storyline of the film Anniyan,” mentioned Shankar in his assertion.
“On this context, I submit that the film was launched within the yr 2005 and everybody related to the film had been conscious that the script and storyline belongs solely to me and in reality the film was launched with the tag: Story, Screenplay and Course by Shankar. I’ve not assigned in writing any script or screenplay to any individual, and proceed to retain the fitting to use the script in any method I deem match. Because the admitted writer of the literary work, my rights can’t be interfered with below any circumstances,” added Shankar.
Within the letter, V Ravichandran acknowledged that he bought the rights to Anniyan’s story from Sujatha, who, in keeping with him, was the precise author of the movie.
“I’m somewhat shocked to see the reference to late Sri Sujatha, as he was engaged by me solely to put in writing dialogues for the movie and was accordingly credited. He was not concerned within the script, screenplay or characterization in any method, and there’s no scope past his engagement as a dialogue author,” Shankar claimed.
“On condition that the script vests with me, I’m completely entitled to use the identical in any method I deem match. In truth, you/your entity doesn’t have the fitting to remake or make any spinoff rights for “Anniyan”, because the mentioned rights haven’t been granted to you in writing. Within the absence of any project in writing from me, there may be no foundation in anyway to even assert that the “storyline” vests with you (sic),” he added.
V Ravichandran had additionally accused Shankar of being “unethical” by asserting the Hindi remake of Anniyan with out consulting him.
“You because the producer have gained considerably from the success of the movie “Anniyan”, and are needlessly attempting to unjustly enrich your self even in my future endeavours which don’t have any correlation to you. Pointless to state, I can solely hope good sense will prevail upon you after this clarification and you’ll cease agitating such baseless claims. This reply is issued with out prejudice, and to make clear the precise scenario of me as a director and author being topic to such avaricious and unlawful claims to needlessly try to jeopardise my future initiatives (sic),” Shankar hit again.
Shankar on Wednesday introduced that he’ll remake Anniyan in Hindi, with Ranveer Singh within the lead position.